GCAC Recognized by Mayor, First Saturday Recap and On Campus Posters!

June 5, 2012

Last night, June 4, at the City of Santa Ana council meeting, Mayor Miguel A. Pulido awarded Grand Central Art Center a Certificate of Recognition in appreciation of GCAC’s long-standing relationship with the City of Santa Ana and the promotion of the arts in the downtown.

Grand Central Art Center is honored to be a part of this great city and thanks the Mayor and entire City Council for their continued support of our institution, exhibitions, programs, outreach and activities. The City and Mayor were there as this institution was first developed and they, and the members of the City Council, are here for us today as this institution continues to develop forward!

The recognition capped of another great weekend of activities that took place at Grand Central Art Center during the First Saturday Art Walk on June 2.

GCAC presented artist and curator receptions for our three current exhibitions, Nadia Osline: All the Queen’s Men, Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement and Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan, curated by CSUF Master Candidates Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman.  In our GCAC Theater Space, Tony Sheets and professional storyteller Jim Cogan shared with the audience memories and personal stories on the life of Millard Sheets.

Danny with artist Naida Osline

Along with the reception and talk, the surprise performance art piece Guerrilla Gowns, organized and performed by CSUF current students, alum and Grand Central Art Center MFA residences, occurred on our 2nd street promenade.


Just another active night in downtown Santa Ana, CA.

And to top this off, Grand Central Art Center poster announcements are popping up all over the CSUF main campus this week. We’re excited to continue engaging students, staff, faculty and administration with our programming.

Mark your calendar, our next big opening celebrating the 10th year anniversary of ISM takes place July 7th!


What a Weekend @ Grand Central Art Center!

May 7, 2012

We kicked off this past weekend on Friday, by engaging with Social Practice collaborative artists Owen Driggs, through their Performing Public Space Loitering Project.  Invited as part of Jules Rochielle’s Artist in Residence at GCAC, Janet Owen and Matt Driggs took visiting artists Jules Rochielle, Maria Del Carmen Montoya, Christina Sanchez, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, and Cypress College art professor Ed Giardina and his students Brian Yellowshirt McNamara and Luis Munoz-Najar, on a loitering adventure of Downtown Santa Ana.  Owen Driggs and Maria Del Carmen Montoya were exploring the area in preparation of future visits and activities in associating with Rochielle’s GCAC Artist in Residence throughout the summer and fall.

 

Saturday’s activities started with an outstanding talk by author Gustavo Arellano.  He shared with those in attendance the history of Mexican food in the US, through stories from research for his latest book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.   Following the talk, Gustavo graciously signed copies of the book for those in attendance.  Thank you to Rueben Martinez of Libreia Martinez Book and Art Gallery for providing the publications for the event.  Thank you as well to Gustavo for allowing us this opportunity – sharing your knowledge and providing engaged insights, all with such humor and grace!

 

It was the monthly First Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana, as well as Cinco de Mayo, so that could only mean a joyous night of opening receptions and cultural activities throughout the city.

Grand Central Art Center opened three new exhibitions to a very large and receptive audience.  The artists, curators and GCAC team did the center proud, with top quality exhibitions throughout, so we thank them all for their hard work, passion and talent.

The exhibitions included:

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men

 

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan

Curated by Concepcion Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman

 

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik

 

Along with Saturday’s three opening receptions, California State University, Fullerton’s student project Evoke Unity engaged with Jules Rocheille’s What is Democracy?, creating an interactive/participatory installation in the GCAC AIR studio space.  Thank you to our outstanding CSUF students for their hard work, dedication and engaged approach to art making.  Many of these students, along with the artists who participated in the loitering of Downtown Santa Ana, will be joining us at the Open Engagement conference in Portland, OR, May 18-20.

 

And what celebration would be complete without some traditional Lucha Libre on the front 2nd Street promenade?  What power, what force, what energy – truly entertaining!

 

Sunday afternoon provided the opportunity for an educated conversation on the work of Millard Sheets and his studio.  The lively and informative panel, Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee, provide outstanding perspective and historic background to the work of this artist, designer and architect.  They shared their knowledge and research on the importance of the masterful artist and the impact he, along with Howard Ahmanson and Home Savings and Loan, played on the landscape, history and vision of Southern California.

 

And to round out the weekend activities, members of Southern California Artists (SCA) joined GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak for an evening of conversation at the center.  The group discussed the current series of exhibitions, the future vision and residency programs of GCAC, and shared views on Social Practice.

Thank you to all that continue to participate and contribute to the programming of Grand Central Art Center, we truly appreciate your support, enthusiasm and insights!